Psmith in the City audiobook P. G. WODEHOUSE (1881 - 1975) Mike's dream of studying and playing cricket at Cambridge are thwarted as his father runs into financial difficulties. Instead, Mike takes on the job of clerk at the "New Asiatic Bank." Luckily, school friend Psmith, with his boundless optimism and original views, soon joins his department, and together they endeavour to make the best of their new life in London. (Summary written by Gesine) Genre(s): Humorous Fiction Language: English Read more [...]
Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town audiobook Stephen Leacock (1869 - 1944) Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town is a sequence of stories by Stephen Leacock, first published in 1912. It is generally considered to be one of the most enduring classics of Canadian humorous literature. The fictional setting for these stories is Mariposa, a small town on the shore of Lake Wissanotti. Although drawn from his experiences in Orillia, Ontario, Leacock writes in the introduction: "Mariposa is not a real town. Read more [...]
Something New audiobook P. G. WODEHOUSE (1881 - 1975) When the absent-minded Earl of Emsworth wanders off with the pride of his scarab collection, American millionaire J. Preston Peters is willing to pay $5000 to the person who can get it back for him. Discretion is necessary since Peters' daughter is engaged to Emsworth's son. Joan Valentine and Ashe Marson both decide to go after the reward—she as Aline Peter's ladies maid, and he as Mr. Peter's valet—and they all end up at Blandings Castle. Read more [...]
Brewster's Millions audiobook George Barr MCCUTCHEON (1866 - 1928) The story revolves around Montgomery Brewster, a poor man who inherits a large sum of money. However, there is a catch — he has to spend every penny within 30 days, and end up with nothing at that time. Should he make the deadline, he stands to gain an even larger sum; should he fail, he remains penniless. Brewster finds that spending so much money is more difficult than he first thinks, especially when the lawyers are trying Read more [...]
Pygmalion audiobook George Bernard SHAW (1856 - 1950) Pygmalion (1913) is a play by George Bernard Shaw based on the Greek myth of the same name. It tells the story of Henry Higgins, a professor of phonetics (based on phonetician Henry Sweet), who makes a bet with his friend Colonel Pickering that he can successfully pass off a Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, as a refined society lady by teaching her how to speak with an upper class accent and training her in etiquette. In the process, Higgins Read more [...]
The Jabberwocky of Authors audiobook Harry Persons TABER ( - 1865) LibriVox volunteers offer you 12 different recordings of The Jabberwocky of Authors by Harry Persons Taber. This parody of Carroll's Jabberwocky consists almost entirely of authors' names. See how many you can spot! This was the weekly poetry project for the week of April 4th, 2010. Genre(s): Humorous Fiction, Poetry, Multi-version (Weekly and Fortnightly poetry) Language: English (FULL Audiobook)   Read more [...]
Chapters from my Autobiography audiobook Mark TWAIN (1835 - 1910) Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) began writing his autobiography long before the 1906 publications of these Chapters from my Autobiography. He originally planned to have his memoirs published only after his death but realized, once he'd passed his 70th year, that a lot of the material might be OK to publish before his departure. These chapters were published in serial form in the North American Review during 1906-1907. While much of the Read more [...]
Love Among the Chickens P. G. WODEHOUSE (1881 - 1975) Jeremy Garnet, a second-rate novelist, gets talked into joining his old pal Stanley Featheringstonehaugh Ukridge in an insane plan to start a chicken ranch. Garnet should bail out on his crazy friend, but he falls in love with one of Ukridge's neighbors, Phyllis. Soon he is up to his neck in sick chickens, bad debts, a hostile future father-in-law, a sinister plot, and dirty golf. It all gets a bit thick, what? (Summary by Mark Nelson) Genre(s): Read more [...]
The Canterville Ghost audiobook Oscar WILDE (1854 - 1900) The American Minister and his family have bought the English stately home Canterville Chase, complete with the ghost of Sir Simon de Canterville - blood-stains, clanking chains and all. But these modern Americans will have no truck with ghostly goings-on, and set out to beat the spectre at his own game. (Summary by David Barnes) Genre(s): Humorous Fiction Language: English (FULL Audiobook)   Read more [...]
Comic History of the United States audiobook Bill NYE (1850 - 1896) This text takes the reader on a comical journey from the time of the first European settlement through the Civil War. The author's caustic wit is evident throughout the book in his numerous sarcastic and humorous remarks. The reader will enjoy a "different" type of history book based on facts, yet caustically embellished for entertainment purposes. (Summary by Allyson Hester) Genre(s): Humorous Fiction, *Non-fiction, History Language: Read more [...]
A Personal Anthology of Shakespeare audiobook William SHAKESPEARE (1654 - 1616) This personal anthology is my choice of speeches from Shakespeare that I enjoy reading (that I would like to have had by heart years ago!) and that seem to me to illustrate his unsurpassed use of language. He was a man who seemed to know everything about human nature and as Orson Welles said 'he speaks to everyone and we all claim him'. I know that it has been said that 'it is impossible to be a great Shakespearian Read more [...]
Right Ho, Jeeves audiobook P. G. WODEHOUSE (1881 - 1975) Bertram Wooster's manservant, Jeeves, is renown for his ability to apply his keen intellect to solve all problems domestic, and Bertie's friends and relatives flock to him for his counsel. But Wooster, jealous of Jeeves's fame, decides to step in and take over as the fixer of his pal's engagement, his aunt's gambling debts and old school-mate's desire to propose marriage. How far will Bertie sink them all in the soup? Will Jeeves come to Read more [...]
The Adventures of Sally audiobook P. G. WODEHOUSE (1881 - 1975) This romantic comedy stars a young American girl named Sally, who inherits a considerable fortune and finds her life turned upside down. The typically Wodehouseian cast includes Sally's ambitious brother, an assortment of theater people, a pair of English cousins, and, of course, an Uncle. It's jolly good fun! (Summary by Kara and Wikipedia) Genre(s): Humorous Fiction Language: English (FULL Audiobook)   Read more [...]
1601: Conversation, as it was by the Social Fireside, in the Time of the Tudors audiobook Mark TWAIN (1835 - 1910) Also known simply as "1601", this is a humorously risque work by Mark Twain, first published anonymously in 1880, and finally acknowledged by the author in 1906. (Summary by John Greenman & Wikipedia) Genre(s): Erotica, General Fiction, Historical Fiction Language: English (FULL Audiobook)     Read more [...]

The Best American Humorous Short Stories audiobook
by Alexander Jessup (editor) (1871-?)

Eighteen short stories by famous and little known authors compassing the period 1839 – 1914. The editor’s very extensive introduction is omitted from this Librivox audio book. (Summary by David Wales) (FULL Audiobook)

 

 

Mrs. Caudle's Curtain Lectures by Douglas William Jerrold (1803-1857) Douglas William Jerrold (1803-1857) was the son of an actor manager. After some time in the Navy and as an apprentice printer he became a playwright and later a journalist. He was a contemporary and friend of Charles Dickens. As a journalist he worked for Punch magazine in which Mrs Caudle's Curtain Lectures were serialised, to be published in book form in 1846. Job Caudle, the 'hero' of the book is a Victorian shopkeeper Read more [...]
Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) by Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927) Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), published in 1889, is a humorous account by Jerome K. Jerome of a boating holiday on the Thames between Kingston and Oxford. The book was intended initially to be a serious travel guide, with accounts of local history of places along the route, but the humorous elements eventually took over, to the point where the serious and somewhat sentimental passages now seem Read more [...]
Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow audiobook by Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927) Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow, published in 1886, is a collection of humorous essays by Jerome K. Jerome. It was the author's second published book and helped establish him as a leading English humorist. The book consists of 14 independent articles arranged by themes. (Summary from Wikipedia) audiobook     Read more [...]
Manalive (Audiobook) by G. K. Chesterton The flying blast struck London just where it scales the northern heights, terrace above terrace, as precipitous as Edinburgh. It was round about this place that some poet, probably drunk, looked up astonished at all those streets gone skywards, and (thinking vaguely of glaciers and roped mountaineers) gave it the name of Swiss Cottage, which it has never been able to shake off. At some stage of those heights a terrace of tall gray houses, mostly empty Read more [...]
The Importance of Being Earnest audiobook by Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest is subtitled "A Trivial Comedy for Serious People," and has proved immensely popular since its first performance in 1895. The play certainly has its farcical and comic elements, such as the witty banter exchanged by the characters and the flippant attitude towards love and marriage that characterizes the action. However, the play also explores more serious themes through the central Read more [...]